In which we discuss Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of The Spanish Tragedy.
00:00-06:48: We’re given a primer on the plot of The Spanish Tragedy from the competing viewpoints of Heironimo and Lorenzo, the hero and the villain. We also discuss the reasons behind the choice of The Spanish Tragedy over other revenge tragedies and have a discussion on Thomas Kyd and Christopher Marlowe and how they may have influenced each other.
06:48-14:24: We begin talking about the tropes of revenge tragedies and move into Kyd’s language and its straightforward nature.
14:24-20:41: The cast and their roles are discussed, along with the ins-and-outs of additional subplots.
20:41-26:16: Focus shifts to design and working within the Gremlin Theatre, and we mention how the actors interact in a set with minimal scenic elements.
26:16-28:24: I’m curious about Kyd’s religious convictions and we talk briefly about religion in the Elizabethan era. Also mentioned here is the show’s study guide, which may be helpful for those unfamiliar with Kyd’s work.
28:24-33:00: The wrap-up and what’s in store for those who join Theatre Pro Rata for the opening night party!
The Spanish Tragedy runs from March 13-28 at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul. For tickets, call 612-874-9321.